The dark symbolism and minimalistic themes in this series do an excellent job portraying what bouts of depression are like for many people.
For those who suffer from depression or have so in the past, it’s an established fact that the affliction is more than just ‘feeling sad’. Despite peoples’ good intentions and advice to “remain positive” and “just don’t think about it,” doing so is nearly impossible.
An individual who knows this to be true is Gabriel Isak. During a trying time in the Swedish photographer’s life, he used his bout with depression as inspiration to create a compelling photo series. As MyModernMet shares, the images below document the struggles people who suffer from depression face, both internally and externally.
“The series came to be just when I got into photography again, after having faced depression for about seven years,” said Isak during the interview. “My subconscious mind inspired most of the images in the series as they all feel like small memories of what I went through during my depression.”
The artist used minimalist themes and dark symbolism for the series entitled “The Blue Journey,” and it easily transports one into what he would like to portray as a quiet blue world. Considering 7% of the population suffered from at least one episode of depression in 2012, this remarkable collection should appeal to many.
After viewing Gabriel’s work, you’ll likely understand why each piece has been wildly popular, particularly in exhibits in San Francisco. Learn more by visiting his website and scroll through 10 of his masterpieces below:
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